“Didn’t Have All the Answers”: Tom Brady Shows Support for Naomi Osaka’s Mental Health Issues

Published 09/10/2021, 8:26 AM EDT
Aug 30, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Naomi Osaka of Japan prepares to play Marie Bouzkova of the Czech Republic on day one of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports


World No.3 Naomi Osaka recently suffered a shocking defeat at the hands of Leylah Fernandez at the US Open 2021. Defending her title in New York, the Japanese star failed to reach beyond the third round of the Grand Slam this year. Surprisingly, she has decided to take a break from tennis after the major.

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In the post-match interview after her defeat, Naomi Osaka mentioned that she is trying to figure out what she will do after the US Open 2021. She even said that she does not know when she will return to the court.

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Obviously, Osaka has been facing some mental health issues lately. Many tennis experts even criticized her after she decided to boycott press conferences at the French Open 2021 as she was not mentally well. However, American Football legend, Tom Brady, has come in support of the 4-time Grand Slam winner.

Tom Brady (12) of the Buccaneers throws a pass during the Super Bowl LV game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on February 7, 2021 at Raymond James Stadium, in Tampa, FL. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

“I think there are so many young people in sports. Obviously, [Osaka] is really young. [Simone Biles] is really young. I’m 44. When I was 24, I certainly didn’t have all the answers to all the different pressures and the adversities that you face,” said Brady in a recent interview to ESPN.

Brady remarked that it is not an easy task to handle mental pressure. He stated that when he was of the same age as Osaka, even he didn’t have the answers to all the pressures and difficulties that he faced back then.

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Tom Brady believes Naomi Osaka and other young athletes can’t handle each and everything

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Brady highlighted that even though people expect sports stars like him and Osaka to stay strong during all the rough times, it is not possible. Similarly, he explained that figuring out everything at a young age is also not viable for all the players.

Sep 3, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Naomi Osaka of Japan hits to Leylah Fernandez of Canada. Day five of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

“I don’t know if we have expectations for people that we should have all the answers, have all things figured out at young ages,” added the 44-year-old.

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Tom Brady clearly related himself with Naomi Osaka and thus, extended his full support to her. Keeping this in mind, fans believe that she will make an incredible comeback on the court. Will she be able to end within the top 5 WTA players by the end of the year?

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